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Kremlin spokesman pokes fun at rumors of Putin’s new 'favorite' official

August 31, 13:36 UTC+3 MOSCOW

A news outlet claimed earlier that the Russian economy minister "has emerged as a Putin favorite"

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

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MOSCOW, August 31. /TASS/. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has refused to comment on rumors that Economic Development Minister Maxim Oreshkin has become a favorite of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Apparently, I don’t have such broad vision and knowledge of the situation like Bloomberg, that’s why I cannot give any assessment on these analyses," Peskov jokingly told reporters.

"It’s unclear to me where these ‘studies’ come from," he added.
Last week, Bloomberg published an article on Oreshkin’s work in the ministry. The news agency claimed that Oreshkin, 35, "has emerged as a Putin favorite."

The new minister attracts employees of the worldwide renowned companies such as Citigroup, PricewaterhouseCoopers and McKinsey, it said.

Oreshkin has refused to comment on this report, saying only that he just fulfills his duties.

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